Updated: Nov 7, 2020
I am doing a one hundred-day project of writing at least one page of more formal writing everyday. As of today, November 1st, I have completed 73 days in a row. Starting today, I am participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and writing a 50,000 word novel that will bring me to the end of my project.
Writing is difficult for me. When I was in school, I struggled to complete essays, to have assignments in on time, to have the patience to revise at all after a first draft. After I started unschooling, I didn’t write at all for over a year. In eleventh grade, I discovered The Artist’s Way, and started doing “morning pages,” a practice I have now consistently done for almost two years. As I first started, the stream-of-consciousness scribing didn’t feel like writing, but other kinds of writing started to become more palatable. A skill I’d always felt was important finally became desirable. I still wasn’t developing my public writing as much as I would like, though, and I became open to ways I could incorporate writing into my everyday life.
My current 100-day project was inspired by my sister Eden’s 100-day project of writing a page of her novel every night. (I’m separately completing a thirty-day project but that’s inspired by Austin Kleon, just as this website is.) I was amazed by her dedication and how writing the page became nonnegotiable. Even though I had originally suggested the idea of a long term daily practice to my sister after watching Rich Armstrong’s Skillshare class on the 100-day project, I hadn’t thought of doing a writing project.
So far, I’ve written about themes in my life, recounted out-of-the-ordinary experiences, and reviewed a few period dramas. I recently allowed writing letters into my project, and since then I have sent several letters and received a few. My "Questions” post was one of my nightly pages and I hope I’ll soon have the courage to share more.
It’s amazing how quickly this habit has formed, and having already been going for well over two months, I imagine it won’t be that difficult to extend it beyond a hundred days. I want to be a more creative person than I naturally am, so I am constantly looking for opportunities to practice and expand. Building a writing practice had been a way of cultivating creativity, and I have felt so satisfied by both the results and the intrinsic rewards of consistent writing.